When do you think Apple will kill the Mac?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SkyBell, May 24, 2007.

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When will Apple kill the Macintosh

  1. In the next five years

    6.6%
  2. Ten or fifteen years

    16.5%
  3. Twenty to thirty

    12.4%
  4. Fourty to fifty

    1.7%
  5. Fifty and up

    5.0%
  6. Apple will never discontinue the Mac

    57.9%
  1. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    #1
    It has to happen sometime, brands don't last forever. Eventually, the name, "Macintosh" will be discontinued on favor of a different name.

    When do you think this will happen?
     
  2. Luis macrumors 65816

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    #3
    Well I really do not know if it could eventually be discontinued... but if it is, I hope it is in a really long time...
     
  3. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    There would be a huge uproar if the computer line was to drop. But just the name? It'd either be after Steve (like the other psycho who can spell said) or a big new thing from Steve. So yeah. :)
     
  4. Luis macrumors 65816

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    #5
    Or when something really really revolutionary and groundbreaking comes through that requires a new name! we can hope...
     
  5. TheBonk macrumors 6502

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    Never. The Mac is Apple. Or used to be before iPod.:)
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

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    #7
    Like?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    it will happen. i used to think the same about the celica and supra r.i.p.
     
  8. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    Thats like asking when will Dell ever kill the PC business.
     
  9. Luis macrumors 65816

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    Well... it is that groundbreaking and revolutionary that i'll leave it up to steve to think about it...I have no idea.:)
     
  10. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Some brand names are just to strong to ever die.

    Kraft Miracle Whip, Johnson & Johnson Band-aids, Kimberly-Clark Corps Kleenex, etc.

    I can't see Macintosh going by the wayside.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    never say never
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    #13
    I agree.

    Mac and iPod are very strong brands, but let's not forget that Apple Computer was a major force in computers for most of a decade before the Mac was even a glimmer in the Steves' eyes. There's a whole generation of school kids in the 70s and 80s that will always remember the Apple ][, ][+ or //e as the first computer they ever encountered. The Apple brand will outlive Mac and iPod.

    B
     
  13. psychofreak Retired

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    We don't use Band-Aid over here...and we don't say Kleenex for every tissue brand...I also hear that you guys say Q Tip when you mean the same thing from any brand, while we don't.

    We do say Hoover here, even though most people's vacuum cleaners are of different brands. Only a few years ago, Yahoo! was an incredibly strong brand, but now Google is a verb...
     
  14. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    Gosh, I'm sorry, I voted, I'm participating in the thread, but it did strike me as a bit silly.

    Can't we just use are computers as tools to accomplish what we need them to, and not worry about the branding they'll carry in 50 years?
     
  15. psychofreak Retired

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    #16
    What I mean is that even if it could teleport you wherever you want, the name 'mac' could be kept...
     
  16. Luis macrumors 65816

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    #17
    Yes, but it can also change... it just depends... but i will follow dukebound85's words, never say never.
     
  17. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Knowing Apple, I don't think they will kill the "Mac". I voted never, but I thought this thread was based on when apple will kill the Macintosh Computer, you might want to make it more clear that the poll is about the name, not about the actual computer.

    Edit: im confused, are we talking about the computer or the name?
     
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  19. SkyBell thread starter macrumors 604

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    If people would just read my original post, they'd know it was the brand name.:rolleyes:
     
  20. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    The name Macintosh has already been discontinued in favor of just using Mac, but I don't think that there will be any changes for a long time if ever, the Mac brand is too strong to kill off.
     
  21. -::ubermann::- macrumors regular

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    maybe if their computers are called apples instead of machintoshes again :)
     
  22. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    #23
    I'm going to agree.
    In conversation, when either talking about my own computer, or others asking questions, I don't have a "Powerbook" or an "Apple", I have a "Mac".

    The name "Mac" is almost synonymous with Apple.
    The line "Is that a Mac?", isn't asking about the branding model, it's asking if the computer device is made by Apple corp.

    ~Tyler
     
  23. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    The Mac has already survived so much, and is now going from strength to strength. It was there at the birth of personal computers - and it'll be there to the end, and then beyond in the form of whatever comes next.
     
  24. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    #25
    The Mac will never end! NEVER! *Sits in corner sucking thumb and rocking back and forward*
     

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